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Victor

Williamsville, NY, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • Mind Wide Open: Your Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday Life

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Steven Johnson
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (482)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (67)

    Brilliantly exploring today's cutting edge brain research, Mind Wide Open allows readers to understand themselves and the people in their lives as never before. Using a mix of experiential reportage, personal storytelling, and fresh scientific discovery, Steven Johnson describes how the brain works and how its systems connect to the day-to-day realities of individual lives.

    Chris says: "Fascinating, fascinating... but short"
    "amaturish"
    Overall

    If you have never contemplated how the brain works and have suddenly became interested, then perhaps this would be a good book for you. Otherwise, I would suggest "Blink" by Malcolm Gladwell followed by "On Intelligence" by Jeff Hawkins. These are much more interesting without being overwhelming.

    12 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Eric Schlosser
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (390)
    Performance
    (355)
    Story
    (352)

    Famed investigative journalist Eric Schlosser digs deep to uncover secrets about the management of America's nuclear arsenal. A groundbreaking account of accidents, near misses, extraordinary heroism, and technological breakthroughs, Command and Control explores the dilemma that has existed since the dawn of the nuclear age: How do you deploy weapons of mass destruction without being destroyed by them? That question has never been resolved - and Schlosser reveals how the combination of human fallibility and technological complexity still poses a grave risk to mankind.

    Ethan M. says: "A miracle that we escaped the Cold War alive...."
    "Excellent book on Cold War history"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Command and Control to be better than the print version?

    This book is an excellent telling of the story of the Damascus accident intermixed with a very accurate telling of almost all of the key moments in Cold War history. There are also shocking revelation about how lax nuclear security, safety and command and control were in the US in the early days of the Cold War.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The telling of the Greensboro incident.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. Extremely well written in a manner that really holds your attention.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and its Dangerous Legacy

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By David E. Hoffman
    • Narrated By Bob Walter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (127)

    During the Cold War, world superpowers amassed nuclear arsenals containing the explosive power of one million Hiroshimas. The Soviet Union secretly plotted to create the "Dead Hand," a system designed to launch an automatic retaliatory nuclear strike on the United States, and developed a fearsome biological warfare machine. President Ronald Reagan, hoping to awe the Soviets into submission, pushed hard for the creation of space-based missile defenses.

    Andrew says: "Credible study into Russia's weapons programmes"
    "Well researched with a lot of Soviet perspective"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Dead Hand to be better than the print version?

    This is an excellent book on Cold War history. What makes it unique is that there is a lot of discussion of what actually happened in the Soviet Union and what Soviet leaders where thinking which is severely lacking in other books on this topic. To get a true picture of historical events, you must always consider both sides of the story before you can start to see past the propaganda to what really happened. This book is the best source I have found for this so far.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was unaware of the extent of the Soviet bio-weapons programs. Shocking and scary stuff.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the time if you are interested in Cold War history. Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cat Sense: How the New Feline Science Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By John Bradshaw
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (87)

    Cats have been popular household pets for thousands of years, and their numbers only continue to rise. Today there are three cats for every dog on the planet, and yet cats remain more mysterious, even to their most adoring owners. In Cat Sense, renowned anthrozoologist John Bradshaw takes us further into the mind of the domestic cat than ever before, using cutting-edge scientific research to explain the true nature - and needs - of our feline friends. Tracing the cat’s evolution from solitary hunter to domesticated companion, Bradshaw shows that cats remain independent, predatory, and wary of social contact.

    Alexandra says: "Educational, thought it could be more actionable"
    "Stereotypical English Academic"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    If you really love cats you will find this book somewhat interesting and useful. If you don't *really* love cats, then you will probably be bored to tears. The author is the ultimate stereotypical English academic focusing on obscure facts like the percentage of cats that where spotted tabbies in 16th century England and spends less time on things that will actually help you be a better friend to your cat. However, I suppose if you have spent little time thinking about your cat's inner world there will be some very useful insights here particularly in understanding that cats are still essentially wild animals that have had very little genetic domestication unlike dogs and the implications of that. The author does make a reasonably good argument to not have fluffy immediately neutered before she has a litter or two which was interesting and new info for me.


    What three words best describe Graeme Malcolm’s voice?

    Appropriate for the writing but make it even more stuffy.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Red Storm Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (871)
    Performance
    (605)
    Story
    (608)

    When Muslim fundamentalists blow up a key Soviet oil complex, making an already critical oil shortage calamitous, the Russians figure they are going to have to take things into their own hands. They plan to seize the Persian Gulf, and more ambitiously, to neutralize NATO. Thus begins Red Storm, an audacious gamble that uses diplomatic maneuver to cloak a crash military build-up.

    Thomas says: "A stand alone master piece"
    "Long on Military Action but Simplistic Politics"
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    If you could sum up Red Storm Rising in three words, what would they be?

    Good book if you are interested in stories of military battles but lacks a credible political story on how the war was started, managed and ended.


    Any additional comments?

    This is my first Tom Clancy book — many of the reviews say it's one of the best so I thought this would be a good place to start. The book was very well written, interesting and suspenseful but I found the discussion of the politics that lead to the war very simplistic, unbelievable and steeped in Soviet stereotypes. As a bit of a political junkie, this really took away from the book. For me, a good book on World War III would need to tell a believable story on how the conflict started and why as well as tell the story of the leaders that made it happen - I don't recall the president even being mentioned in this book. The story of the war's end was also fairly simplistic but a little more plausible. This book is great for people that like to read about military battles and the personal struggles of war but not the political stories of how wars start and end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By P. W. Singer
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (89)

    A military expert reveals how science fiction is fast becoming reality on the battlefield, changing not just how wars are fought, but also the politics, economics, laws, and ethics that surround war itself. Singer’s previous books foretold the rise of private military contractors and the advent of child soldiers - predictions that have proved all too accurate. Now he explores the greatest revolution in military affairs since the atom bomb: robotic warfare. We are now seeing a massive shift in military technology....

    Nelson Alexander says: "Techno-Sprawl: A Dissenting Opinion"
    "Excellent but already a little out of date"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is an excellent and comprehensive book on robot technology for military applications. Covers all aspects of military robots, from the affect it has on individual soldiers to the concept of war in general. Excellent book but already a little out of date which is a testament to how quickly this technology is moving.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narrator is OK but mispronounces some words, which is annoying but not a major problem. I feel that unless they really suck, all audio books should be read by their authors.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I didn't want to turn it off, it was interesting throughout.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Michio Kaku
    • Narrated By Feodor Chin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (746)
    Performance
    (480)
    Story
    (479)

    In Physics of the Future, Michio Kaku—the New York Times best-selling author of Physics of the Impossible—gives us a stunning, provocative, and exhilarating vision of the coming century based on interviews with over 300 of the world’s top scientists who are already inventing the future in their labs. The result is the most authoritative and scientifically accurate description of revolutionary developments taking place....

    Gordon Lamb says: "Interesting Content, Irritating Reader"
    "Useless Book"
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    I have lost all respect for Michio Kaku as a scientist after reading this book. It is just a rehash of press releases from inventors of new technologies that exist today and makes no real attempt at predictions. He makes no legitimate predictions about the future other than the next step for the existing technologies he describes. He talks about the exponential growth of technology but every page makes it clear that he is thinking completely linearly. This book is about the next 5 years, maybe 10, but not the next 100. The predictions he does make, like the end of Moore's law totally misses that fact that new technologies are already being developed to replace silicon and end Moore's law with a new computing paradigm that will have a similar law for the growth of computing power. Save your money and time and don't listen to a word Michio Kaku says. He has no idea what he is talking about.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • A Bridge to the Future: Understanding Nanotechnology, Part 1: The Modern Scholar

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Deborah Gibbs Sauder
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    Nanotechnology is radically altering the world in ways almost unimaginable in only the very recent past. With applications in arenas from medicine and science to warfare and even the world of sports, nanotechnology opens the doorway to a vast array of breathtaking possibilities. In this series of clearly articulated lectures, Professor Deborah Gibbs Sauder explores the world of nanotechnology and all its astounding applications, while also examining the ethical issues raised by the science and the impact nanotechnology is having on big business.

    Victor says: "OK Content, Terrible Reading"
    "OK Content, Terrible Reading"
    Overall

    This program is OK but basic. If you are already familiar with nano tech, you probably already know much of what's in this audiobook. To be fair, this is an introduction however, one chapter covers the basics of the metric system. If you don't already know about the metric system, then you have bigger problems than learning about nano tech.

    The real problem with this program is that it is read by the author. She stops in the middle of sentences for uncomfortably long periods of time and talks in the most boring monotone possible. I feel sorry for the student in her classes that have to listen to her take interesting material and hammer it flat.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Coming Economic Collapse: How You Can Thrive When Oil Costs $200 a Barrel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Dr. Stephen Leeb, Glen Strathy
    • Narrated By Brian Emerson
    Overall
    (582)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (49)

    In The Coming Economic Collapse, Dr. Leeb shows that the U.S. economy is standing on the brink of the biggest crisis in history.

    As the fast-growing economies of China and India push global demand for oil beyond production capacity, Americans will experience a permanent energy shortfall far worse than the one in the 1970s. The result will be severe financial hardship for most people, and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for investors to become incredibly rich.

    This is an urgent call-to-arms to avert an all-but-certain catastrophe and a survival kit for an era that offers us only two financial choices: poverty or wealth.

    Christopher says: "Interesting but painful."
    "Scared the s**t out of me!"
    Overall

    I am the last thing from an alarmist but the recent upswing in oil prices as well as the seeming endless growth in demand and falls in production have had me a bit worried. After this book I feel that I have moved into a bit of a panic mode. I was expecting that the effects of higher oil prices would take decades to cause major problem but this book clearly points out that it will take only a few years! And it seems the evening news does nothing but reinforce that the conditions to cause this are real. I would encourage everyone to listen to this book then scream about it to everyone they know. It's balanced (non-political) and is well researched. Its premise is clear and undeniable! This book may well help you to protect yourself and you loved ones should its predictions come true.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The One Minute Millionaire: The Enlightened Way to Wealth

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Mark Victor Hansen, Robert G. Allen
    • Narrated By Mark Victor Hansen, Robert G. Allen
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Is it possible to make a million dollars in only one minute? The answer just might surprise you. The One Minute Millionaire is an entirely new approach, a life-changing "millionaire system" that will teach you how to: create wealth even when you have little or nothing to start with, use the power of leverage to build wealth rapidly, and overcome fears so you can take reasonable risks.

    Timothy says: "Enjoyed it."
    "Unimpressed"
    Overall

    First off, there's no way to make a million dollars in a minute using anything you learn in this book. Second, the timelines in this book are goofy. The character in the book can close on a property in a couple of days. I've been working on closing on my house for weeks now with no end in sight. Maybe it's because I live in NY, the home of bureaucracy but I can't imagine it's much better in other states. Regardless, I do agree with many of the "state on mind" ideas in this book but because of the poor writing, I can't give it too much credit...

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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